Jeremiah 6 – 7

Jeremiah 6

God commands Jeremiah to blast the trumpet of warning by crying aloud and sparing not; for the time of the fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar is almost at hand. 

In this latter day our fall is also at hand, and the warning to repent or be corrected is going out to the brotherhood. 

Jeremiah also reveals that Benjamin remained with Judah and did not go to Assyria with the Ten Tribes of Israel.

Jeremiah 6:1 O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction.

The latter day daughter of Zion which is physical and spiritual Israel today, are now facing serious correction for turning away from our God.

6:2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman.

Jerusalem was surrounded by the armies of Babylon, and later by the armies of Rome which destroyed her.  In this latter day both physical Israel/Judah and the spiritual Jerusalem of the New Covenant Ekklesia will also be sternly rebuked for all our sins. 

As the spiritual temple is the people in whom God dwells; even so Jerusalem is the place of the physical temple, and therefore also represents the people of God; BOTH spiritual and temporal. 

6:3 The shepherds with their flocks shall come unto her; they shall pitch their tents against her round about; they shall feed every one in his place. 6:4 Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe unto us! for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out. 6:5 Arise, and let us go by night, and let us destroy her palaces.

Physical and spiritual Jerusalem are full of oppression, sin and false ways

6:6 For thus hath the LORD of hosts said, Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount against Jerusalem: this is the city to be visited; she is wholly oppression in the midst of her. 6:7 As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds.

Repent quickly physical and spiritual Jerusalem, lest the Lord our Maker turn to fully reject us into the furnace of affliction.

6:8 Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.

The enemy shall reap spiritual and physical Israel to the point where there is only a gleaning remnant of the people.

6:9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall throughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets.

Like the ancients, today’s physical and spiritual Israel and Judah have no love for the Word of God and cleave to their own ways.

Today’s spiritual Ekklesia have no delight in living by every Word of God; delighting instead in their own ways and their idols of men, organizations and the traditions of men, loving them more than they love the Word of God and the Lord of our espousal.

Those who do what men say, contrary to what the whole Word of God says; are they not preferring men more than God?  Are they not preferring the words of men more than the whole Word of God? 

6:10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

God the Father and Jesus Christ are weary with enduring our idolatry and with warning us; they are ready to reject us and vomit us out of the body of the faithful  as was done to the ancients; casting us into the bitterness of strong correction (Rev 3:16).

6:11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of days. 6:12 And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD. 6:13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness [selfishness]; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

Today’s Assemblies tell the brethren that no harm shall come upon them as long as they are loyal to the men and organizations; thereby exalting themselves above the ONLY One who can save them.

6:14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

Are we at all ashamed of following men instead of  being faithful to God?  No not at all!  We deem ourselves godly; as we rush after our false idols of men, who teach contrary to the Word of God.

6:15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

Repent quickly and take the true path of salvation revealed in the whole Word of God.

6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

The watchmen sounded the alarm in ancient Jerusalem and the alarm is being sounded today, but the physical nations and most of the spiritual brethren WILL NOT listen;  for they think themselves righteous in their sins.

6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

Messiah the Christ will correct us and bring the consequences of our evil doing upon our own heads.  Why?  Because we have turned from zeal to live by every Word of God to zeal for our own ways; polluting God’s Sabbath and High Days, and loving and idolizing men above our love for our Maker and for the whole Word of God.

6:18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. 6:19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.

Why do we pray and give offerings when we continue in our sins?  Without true sincere repentance our prayers and offerings will NOT be acceptable to God the Father or to Jesus Christ.

6:20 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.

Because those calling themselves by the name of God the Father, do not do the will of God the Father; we stumble in the confusion of our own ways.  Is this not self evidently happening in today’s spiritual Ekklesia?  Split through and through and often in competition, envying and jealous of one another. 

FOR SHAME!  For Shame that we are come to such a DISGRACE, which is the fruit if each one going his own way instead of being faithful to learn and live by every Word of God.

6:21 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish.

An enemy will come and will bring down the physical nations of Israel and they will also bring down spiritual Israel in a correction from God.

6:22 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth. 6:23 They shall lay hold on bow and spear [weapons]; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion.

As the city Jerusalem was totally destroyed in Jeremiah’s time, when the New Europe rises the Ekklesia shall be afraid yet we will still stand on our false traditions and ignore the warnings from God, only to fall into the great affliction that we fear.

6:24 We have heard the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail. 6:25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.

As happened in Jeremiah’s day, today the enemy will rise suddenly and shall suddenly come up against us when we declare that peace and safety has been achieved (1 Thess 5:3).

6:26 O daughter [the latter day descendant nations] of my people, gird thee with sackcloth, and wallow thyself in ashes: make thee mourning, as for an only son, most bitter lamentation: for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon us.

6:27 I have set thee [Jeremiah, or any true man of God] for a tower and a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way.

6:28 They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters.

All those who will not sincerely repent when corrected, will be destroyed.  Those that the Master Refiner cannot purify from their sins shall be destroyed.

6:29 The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away. 6:30 Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them.

 

 Jeremiah 7

Jeremiah was commanded to stand in the very gate of the Temple to warn Jerusalem and Judea to repent.  Even so a warning is coming to the very gates of the spiritual Temple of the Ekklesia today: Sincerely repent and turn to God, for why will you die?

Jeremiah 7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 7:2 Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.

Repent and learn and live by every Word of God; and we well be established; reject the Word of God for our own ways and corporate idols, and we shall be corrected.

7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.

Do not trust in lying words saying that we are the true spiritual Ekklesia the true church of God and no evil shall come upon us; for as Christ allowed his Temple in Jerusalem to be destroyed twice; he will most certainly correct us for committing the same sins.

7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

If we sincerely repent of polluting the Sabbath and idolizing men, corporate organizations and false traditions; if we sincerely repent of our spiritual idolatry and spiritual adulteries with false gods of our own devising;  We will be forgiven and established. 

7:5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; 7:6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: 7:7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.

Do not trust in the lies of men; who lie saying that organizational loyalty is synonymous with loyalty to God.

7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

We commit spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal espousal, we sin against our baptismal vow, the leaders steal God’s funds to spend excessively on their false gods [building great buildings and buying  memorabilia of some man to remember their human idol] and on themselves.  

We follow leaders and elders who deceive with part truths and often lie, we call ourselves godly and then persecute those who are zealous to live by every Word of God.  For the most part we will not rebuke sin, nor will we teach the righteousness of the whole Word of God.

We pollute the weekly Sabbath and Holy Days and we reject the Biblical teaching regarding the calendar, keeping God’s High Days on our own humanly devised dates and not on God’s dates.  We are full of stubborn self-will and pride, imagining ourselves righteous and godly and in need of nothing, to the point where we will not even faithfully keep the Word of God.

7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

Look and see what Christ did to the place of the tabernacle at Shiloh, and today we also have the example of the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem by the Babylonians and the later destruction of the Temple by the Romans! 

Let us sincerely repent and quickly, lest this evil come upon the spiritual; Ekklesia for the same sins.

To call ourselves the people of God in a meaningless lie, unless we become the people of God by learning and zealously living by every Word of God.

7:12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.

Christ tells the people that he will destroy the Temple at Jerusalem as he destroyed the place of the tabernacle at Shiloh.  And this is an example for today’s physical and spiritual Israel, that he will bring his spiritual Temple down as he brought down Shiloh and later Jerusalem.

7:13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; 7:14 Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.

If we sin as they did, and we most certainly are sinning as they did; we will meet the very same correction that they did; regardless of the claims we make and the name we label ourselves with.

Jeremiah calls on Judah to remember how that Ephraim had been cast out of the land and had already in captivity for almost 150 years when Jeremiah wrote.

Calling ourselves godly; does NOT make us godly!

7:15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim. 7:16 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.

Making cakes to the Queen of heaven refers to Easter  [Astarte, Diana] buns; and the traditional round birthday cake, with the smoke of its candles rising up to the Queen of heaven. 

A point of interest:  The statue called Liberty in New York, is Aphrodite [Astarte, Diana] given to the Masons of the United States as a gift from the Masons of France.   And we swell with pride before it.

Physically and spiritually we worship false gods by blindly following the teachings of men contrary to the Word of God.

7:17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.

The anger of God the Father and Jesus Christ will be poured out on all those who break either the letter or the spirit of any part of the whole Word of God.

7:19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? 7:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.

God wants our sincere repentance and he wants us to learn and live by every Word of God, so that we may be perfect as he is perfect, so that we may become like God, living as God lives. 

Sacrifice implies that sin has been done; God does not want sacrifice, he wants us to live by every Word of God so that there will be no more need for sacrifice.

7:21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. 7:22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:

LEARN and KEEP the whole Word of God!  That is what we have been called to do!

7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

Physical Israel was hardened against the whole Word of God; even so today’s Ekklesia has been deceived and led away from the whole Word of God; into man worship, false traditions and organizational idolatry.

7:25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them: 7:26 Yet they [physical and spiritual Israel] hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.

Tragically these words can be said to and about the Church of God groups today.

7:27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee. 7:28 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.

Jesus Christ will reject those who have espoused themselves to him as a spiritual Israel and then turned to follow after other lovers [idols of men]:  Those who have become cold for their espoused Husband and the whole Word of God; only to be hot for false traditions and running after and bowing down before idols of men who cannot save.  

Today, many love a corporate entity or some of its elders, leaders or social life; MORE than they love Jesus Christ and the Word of God!

People tell me all the time:   “Oh how I love the Church”  not realizing that loving men and organizations overmuch; and loving them more than they love God the Father and Jesus Christ and the Word of God: is IDOLATRY!   It is a major sin which separates us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ.

Jerusalem was the place of the physical temple and this is a reference to US as the spiritual Temple of God the Father through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. 

The hair of a woman is her glory and her pride; God commands Jerusalem to shave their heads as a type of casting aside our pride, because we are full of spiritual adultery, loving false gods instead of our spiritual Husband.  

God calls us to mourn in true sincere repentance! 

7:29 Cut off thine hair [cast aside our pride], O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath.

Physical and Spiritual Judah have turned away from God, and need to quickly repent.  

Spiritual Judah, the church of God,  has polluted the Temple of God;  by teaching false traditions and the exalting of men to be equal with or superior to the Word of God. 

7:30 For the children of [physical and spiritual] Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it.

Do we not sacrifice our own children to our idols by teaching them to exalt men and organizations [our idols] above the whole Word of God? 

Do we not teach our children to obey our idols of men and our false traditions above living by every Word of God.  And in so doing we dedicate them to our idols and set them on the path to their destruction. 

7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.

Our idols will be destroyed, and we shall become totally disillusioned with false traditions and false teachings, until we sincerely repent and turn to live by every Word of God.  And the unrepentant will surely die in their sin of fearing and obeying men and not God.

7:32 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place. 7:33 And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away.

Both physical Judah/Israel and spiritual Judah/Israel will be corrected until they sincerely repent or until there is no more hope for the unrepentant.

7:34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.

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